September issue no. 237
August/September 2014 issue no. 245


On Sale: July 22, 2014
Subscribers should receive this issue by July 14.

On the Cover:
Tile like a pro

HOUSES 2014:
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Articles
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HIGH-TRAFFIC TILE FLOOR
by Tom Meehan
A forgiving underlayment and epoxy grout ensure that this tiled entry will stand up to heavy use

Video Extra: coming soon

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INSTALLING HIGH-PERFORMANCE WINDOWS
by Steve Baczek
By far the weakest link in a Passive House, windows must be installed perfectly

Video Extra: The Passive House Build, Part 5 (coming soon)

50
18-GAUGE BRAD NAILERS
by Kit Camp
Now able to shoot 2-in. nails, these small tools are more versatile than ever
Cadex CB18.50A Brad Nailer
Bostitch BT1855 Brad Nailer
Makita AF505 Brad Nailer
Bosch BNS200-18 Brad Nailer
DeWalt DWFP12231 Brad Nailer
Paslode T200 500959 Brad Nailer
Porter-Cable BN200C Brad Nailer
Grex 1850GB Brad Nailer
Grip-Rite GRTBN200 Brad Nailer
Hitachi NT50AE2 Brad Nailer
Max NF255F/18 Brad Nailer
Ridgid R213BNE Brad Nailer
Senco FinishPro 25XP Brad Nailer
Uffy 1825XP Brad Nailer

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SIZING DECK FOOTINGS
by Mike Guertin
Don’t guess at your deck footings. Dig in and figure it out.

58
BUILDING SCIENCE FOR THE REST OF US
by A. Tamasin Sterner
Seven basic principles to make homes safe, durable, and energy efficient

64
PAINTING TRIM THE RIGHT WAY
by Tim Leahy
A pro shares eight steps from prep to final coat

Video Extra: coming soon

70
FAMILY-FRIENDLY REMODEL
by Caleb Johnson
Contemporary details and a new floor plan turn a near teardown into a practical home

Slide Show Extra: 12 Stunning Remodels

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Departments

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CONTRIBUTORS

10
LETTERS

12
HOW IT WORKS
Nails

18
TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Tool-pouch toolbox
Clever storage for a story-pole tape
Basketball debris shield
Restoring a plastic cutting board
More caulk on storage
Noting a room's special color
Multitool cutting guide
Storing sheet goods in a van
Job-site stringline
A template for cutting engineer joists

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TOOLS & MATERIALS
Product follow-up: hoseless-nailer field test
Friedrich DIY Ductless Minisplit
Weyerhaeyser Sturdistep
Arborwear Ascender Jacket

28
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Paintable Caulks and Sealants
Residential Fire Extinguishers

34
GREEN BUILDING INSIDER
All about washing machines

40
PROJECT GALLERY
Kitchen remodel: From passé to the present

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Q&A
Is there a difference between hardwood and softwood OSB?
Can exterior foam be added to a wall that has an interior vapor barrier?

Web Extra: Calculating Exterior Foam

84
ENERGY-SMART DETAILS
Insulating a slab on grade

Web Collection: Energy-smart details

88
BUILDING SKILLS
Cutting ceramic tile with a tile saw

90
DRAWING BOARD
Designing gable dormers

94
TAILGATE
Tailgate: Nicole Starnes Taylor, Architect

Interview Bonus: Slideshow (coming soon)

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FINISHING TOUCH
Aloha Boathouse

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